Blanche (Artois) d'Artois
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Blanche (Artois) d'Artois (abt. 1248 - 1302)

Blanche d'Artois formerly Artois aka Capet, de Navarra
Born about in Artois, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1269 (to 1274) [location unknown]
Wife of — married 29 Oct 1276 in Westminster, Middlesex, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Paris, Francemap
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BLANCHE OF ARTOIS, married (1st) ENRIQUE (or HENRI) I el Gordo, King of Navarre, Count Palatine of Champagne and Brie [see Blois 7]; (2nd) EDMUND OF ENGLAND, Knt., Earl of Lancaster, Leicester, and Derby [see Lancaster7].[1]

Name and Titles

Blanche of Artois
Blanche d'Artois
Blanche Navarre

Queen consort of Navarre, Countess of Lancaster[2]

Birth and Parentage

She was born 1248 in Arras, France,[citation needed] the daughter of Matilda of Brabant and Robert I, Count of Artois.[3]

Her father was Count of Artois from Sep 1216 - 9 Feb 1250 and her mother, Matilda of Brabant, was daughter of Henry II, Duke of Brabant.

First Marriage to Henry of Navarre

In 1269 she married first Henry I of Navarre, born 14 Jun 1237 in Compiegne, France. He died before 29 Oct 1275 in Paris. He was also Henry III of Champagne.

Blanche d'Artois was the queen consort of Navarre during her marriage to Henry I of Navarre.[3]

This marriage was politically advantageous for Navarre, Blanche having been the niece of Louis IX of France. [3]

Together they had two children:

  1. Theobald or Thibaut. He died in 1270 in a fall from a battlement at the castle of Estella
  2. Joan I (or Jeanne) of Navarre, Queen regnant of Navarre and Queen consort of France

Regent of Navarre 1274-1284

After her husband Henry I of Navarre's death, she served as regent from 1274 to 1284 on behalf of her daughter, Joan I. Besides Navarre, she ruled the counties of Brie, Champagne, Troyes and Meaux. [3]

Marriage to Edmund Plantagenet

On 29 October 1276 Blanche married Edmund Crouchback in Westminster Abbey. In so doing she married into the English royal family, becoming the Countess of Lancaster. Edmund was also a widower. [3]

Another source gives the location of the wedding as Paris and the date as 3 February 1276. That same year Edmund became the Count of Champagne and Brie in France

Children of Edmund and Blanche

  1. Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster, b. abt 1278, died 22 Mar 1321.
  2. Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, b. abt 1281 in Grismond Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales. He died 22 Sept 1345 in the Monastery of Cann, England.
  3. John of Lancaster, seigneur of Beaufort (present day Montmorency, Aube, arrond. d’Arcis-sur-Aube, canton de Chavanges) and Nogent-l’Artaud (Aisne, arrond. de Château-Thierry, canton de Charly). He was born abt 1286 (or 1282) in England, and died about 1327.
  4. Mary Plantagenet, b. England abt 1288 or 1284 and died about 1289.

Two other children are presently linked to these parents, but the relationship is not established:

Nicholas John

Death and Burial

Blanche d'Artois died 2 May 1302[3] in Paris and is buried in the Monoressea (Minoresses) Convent, Aldgate, London.[citation needed]

Research Notes

Merging Notice

This profile is a work-in-progress. Under the developing rules on historically-significant ancestors over 300-years-old we are doing expedited merges. The final WikiTree ID is Artois-3. Do not merge this profile into any other. Merge duplicates into this profile. The current manager and contact person is Lindsay Coleman but this is under the auspices of the European Aristocratic Ancestors User Group so the actual manager is subject to change. Please join the user group to participate in cleaning up and maintaining these profiles. We need one manager to take primary responsibility for each profile. Stough-48 21:40, 31 January 2012 (EST)


  1. Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Vol. I pages 144, 395; Vol. III page 478
  2. Ancestry link
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Wikipedia: Blanche of Artois

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I agree that where we have used a dynastic name as LNAB as we have with Plantagenet, it isn't appropriate to use that LNAB as the current last name for any spouses marrying into that family.

Unless there are any objections, I'll change the CLN to d'Artois.

posted by John Atkinson
Carolyn, I think Plantagenet here is being used as a married surname. I am not sure that she should have such married names for people in this period though.
posted by Andrew Lancaster
Blanche d'Artois was not Plantagenet. She was French, descended from the Capets.

The Plantagenets were descended from Geoffrey d'Anjou when he married Matilda fitzHenry, the only surviving child of King Henry I Beauclerc after his son was drowned in the White Ship. They went on to have King Henry II of England who became known as 'Plantagenet' after his father's nickname due to the sprig of Plantagenet he used to wear in his hat.

Blanche became a Plantagenet when she married Edmund Crouchback, second son of Henry III.

She seems to be commonly referred to as Blanche d'Artois, as she was first married to Henry I of France.

posted by Carolyn Gibson
D'ARTOIS consort Navarre Countess-1 and Artois-3 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge this misnamed duplicate of Blanche d'Artois into Artois-3. The merges have been proposed for her parents as well.
Artois-66 and Artois-3 appear to represent the same person because: Hello! I believe these two profiles are for the same person.

Thank you. Lynden Rodriguez

Blanche is 25 degrees from Mary McCauley, 27 degrees from B. W. J. Molier and 8 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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